History of Rhythm & Blues: 1925-1942

The History of Rhythm & Blues: 1925-1942

For fans of classic R&B, History of Rhythm & Blues, Vol. 1 is an extraordinary document. From the love ballad "Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere" to the barrelhouse New Orleans groove of "Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee," the range of music from these selections is fascinating. Many of these are interesting curiosities, including "Ol' Man River" (one of the first


For fans of classic R&B, History of Rhythm & Blues, Vol. 1 is an extraordinary document. From the love ballad "Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere" to the barrelhouse New Orleans groove of "Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee," the range of music from these selections is fascinating. Many of these are interesting curiosities, including "Ol' Man River" (one of the first production credits for a young Al Green) to the cult classic "One Mint Julep." (The addition of Leadbelly's "Goodnight Irene" seems odd, however, since it doesn't really fit in with the remaining tracks, which lean towards doo-wop and ballads.) As could be expected, these are truly lo-fi recordings, but the sound quality can easily be overlooked when confronted with a song as powerful as Joe Turner's gut-wrenching "Chains of Love" or Ruth Brown's rollicking "5-10-15 Hours." Many of these cuts have since shown up on other anthologies (most famously the Atlantic Rhythm & Blues series), but there are some real rarities (such as the Edna McGriff selection) that are best heard here, and fans and collectors of classic R&B should seek this out.

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Disc 1

  1. My Soul is a Witness
  2. It's Nobody's Fault But Mine
  3. The Crucifixion of Christ
  4. Shake That Thing
  5. Outside Woman Blues
  6. It's a Good Thing
  7. Minglewood Blues
  8. Match Box Blues
  9. Diddy Wah Diddy
  10. Milk Cow Blues
  11. Ease It To Me Blues
  12. No No Blues
  13. Apaloosa Blues
  14. Little Rock Blues
  15. Kansas City Blues (Pt. 1)
  16. Train Whistle Blues
  17. Goin' Back To Texas
  18. Roll and Tumble Blues
  19. If You Haven't Any Hay
  20. Kokomo Blues
  21. It's Tight Like That
  22. Didn't It Rain
  23. Beale Street Breakdown
  24. Milk Cow Blues
  25. Beside Blues
  26. High Water Everywhere

Disc 2

  1. New Orleans Joys
  2. Traveling Blues
  3. Snag It
  4. Get Low-Down Blues
  5. Mr. Johnson's Blues
  6. Backwater Blues
  7. Knockin' a Jug
  8. Bullfrog Blues
  9. Pinetops Boogie Woogie
  10. Cow Cow Blues
  11. Guitar Boogie
  12. How Long, How Long Blues
  13. The Dirty Dozen
  14. Vicksburg Blues
  15. Sweet Miss Stella Blues
  16. Minnie the Moocher
  17. St Louis Blues
  18. Somebody Stole Gabriel's Horn
  19. Midnight Hour Blues
  20. Lafayette
  21. Flaming Reeds, Screaming Brass
  22. Strut That Thing
  23. Dirty Mother For You
  24. Weed Smoker's Dream
  25. Press My Button
  26. Night Time is the Right Time
  27. The Blues Ain't Nothing But

Disc 3

  1. Teasin' Brown Blues
  2. Barrellhouse Woman
  3. Lead Pencil Blues
  4. Policy Dream Blues
  5. Naptown Stomp
  6. Sloppy Drunk Again
  7. Jockey Blues
  8. Holy Mountain Elder
  9. Standing By the Bedside of a Neighbour
  10. Louise Louise Blues
  11. Barrelhouse When It Rains
  12. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
  13. Preachin' Blues (Up Jumped the Devil)
  14. Number Runner's Blues
  15. Tell Me Baby
  16. Rockin' Chair Blues
  17. Diggin My Potatoes
  18. This Train
  19. Don't You Lie To Me
  20. Jivin' the Blues
  21. I Feel So Good
  22. Worried Life Blues
  23. Junker Blues Champion
  24. Grinder Man Blues
  25. Catfish Blues
  26. Ain't No Business We Can Do
  27. Mean Ol' Frisco

Disc 4

  1. Boogie Woogie Stomp
  2. Boogie-Woogie
  3. One O'Clock Jump
  4. Sing Sing Sing
  5. Keep a Knockin'
  6. T'ain't What You Do
  7. Jumpin' Jive
  8. I Like To Riff
  9. That's the Rhythm
  10. I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water
  11. After Hours
  12. Floyd's Guitar Blues
  13. Gangster's Blues
  14. Roll'em Pete
  15. Down the Road a Piece
  16. Central Avenue Breakdown
  17. Sidney's Blues
  18. My Fightin' Gal
  19. Natchez Mississippi Blues
  20. Death Ray Boogie
  21. Confessin' the Blues
  22. What's the Use of Getting Sober
  23. Take It and Git
  24. Cow Cow Boogie
  25. Flying Home
  26. Mean Ol' Frisco

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kokomo Arnold   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Scrapper Blackwell   Bass,Guitar
Big Bill Broonzy   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Bumble Bee Slim   Bass,Vocals
Leroy Carr   Bass,Piano,Vocals
Cow Cow Davenport   Bass,Piano,Vocals
Blind John Davis   Piano
Walter Davis   Bass,Piano,Vocals
Champion Jack Dupree   Bass,Piano,Vocals
Sleepy John Estes   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Jim Jackson   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Papa Charlie Jackson   Banjo,Bass,Vocals
Blind Lemon Jefferson   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Blind Willie Johnson   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Lonnie Johnson   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Memphis Slim   Piano
Little Brother Montgomery   Bass,Piano,Vocals
Bessie Smith   Bass,Vocals
Frank Stokes   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Roosevelt Sykes   Bass,Piano,Vocals
Henry Townsend   Guitar
Peetie Wheatstraw   Guitar,Vocals
Big Joe Williams   Guitar
Jimmie Rodgers   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Ella Mae Morse   Vocals
Baxter   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Albert Ammons   Bass,Piano
Paul Barbarin   Drums
Paul Bascomb   Tenor Saxophone
Count Basie   Bass,Piano
Chu Berry   Tenor Saxophone
Milt Buckner   Piano
Cab Calloway   Bass,Vocals
Buck Clayton   Trumpet
Leonard Feather   Piano
Benny Goodman   Bass,Clarinet
Lionel Hampton   Bass,Piano,Vibes
Erskine Hawkins   Trumpet
Illinois Jacquet   Tenor Saxophone
Harry James   Trumpet
James P. Johnson   Piano
Peter Johnson   Bass,Piano
Jo Jones   Drums
Jonah Jones   Trumpet
Louis Jordan   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals
Andy Kirk   Bass
Gene Krupa   Drums
Eddie Lang   Guitar
Jimmie Lunceford   Bass
Jay McShann   Bass,Piano
Jelly Roll Morton   Piano
Bennie Moten   Bass,Piano
Albert Nicholas   Reeds
King Oliver   Cornet
Kid Ory   Trombone
Marshall Royal   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Rushing   Vocals
Sears   Tenor Saxophone
Willie Smith   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Muggsy Spanier   Cornet
Jack Teagarden   Trombone
Ben Webster   Tenor Saxophone
Luis Russell   Piano
Lester Young   Tenor Saxophone
Irving Ashby   Guitar
Eddie Barefield   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Julian Dash   Tenor Saxophone
Ziggy Elman   Trumpet
Harlan Leonard   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Ray McKinley   Drums,Vocals
Oscar Moore   Guitar
Vido Musso   Tenor Saxophone
Sy Oliver   Trumpet
Reuben Reeves   Trumpet
Ernie Royal   Trumpet
Freddie Slack   Piano
Joe Sullivan   Piano
Frank Teschemacher   Clarinet
Jack Marshall   Guitar
Tampa Red   Bass,Guitar,Kazoo,Vocals
Walter Brown   Vocals
Howard McGhee   Trumpet
Gus Cannon   Banjo,Bass,Jug
Richard M. Jones   Vocals
Ken Kersey   Piano
Mary Lou Williams   Piano
Big Maceo Merriweather   Bass,Piano,Vocals
T-Bone Walker   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Hambone Willie Newbern   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Milton Brown   Vocals
Curley Weaver   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
John Mills   Vocals
Blind Roosevelt Graves   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Teddy Bunn   Guitar
Trummy Young   Trombone
Israel Crosby   Bass
Walter Page   Bass
Robert Hicks   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Tommy Ladnier   Cornet
Cliff Bruner   Vocals
Jack McVea   Baritone Saxophone
Moses Allen   Bass
Vernon Alley   Bass
Joshua Altheimer   Piano
Louis Armstrong   Bass,Trumpet
Lil Armstrong   Piano
Lovie Austin   Piano,Vocals
Red Ballard   Trombone
Chuck Barksdale   Bass,Vocals
Dallas Bartley   Bass
Sidney Bechet   Clarinet
Buster Bennett   Alto Saxophone
Leroy Berry   Banjo,Guitar
Barney Bigard   Reeds
William Thornton Blue   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Russell Bowles   Trombone
Garvin Bushell   Alto Saxophone
Don Byas   Alto Saxophone
Happy Caldwell   Tenor Saxophone
Earl Caruthers   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Big Sid Catlett   Drums
Peter Chatman   Bass,Piano,Vocals
Doc Cheatham   Trumpet
Kenny Clarke   Drums
Bert Cobb   Tuba
Nat King Cole   Piano,Vocals
Booker Collins   Bass
Sonny Craven   Trombone
Jimmy Crawford   Drums,Vibes
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Wendell Culley   Trumpet
Ted Donnelly   Trombone
Eddie Durham   Guitar
Alfred Elkins   Bass,Tuba,Vocals
Herschel Evans   Tenor Saxophone
Jazz Gillum   Bass,Harmonica,Vocals
A.G. Godley   Drums
Doc Goldberg   Bass
Harry Goodman   Bass
Jimmie Gordon   Piano,Vocals
Uaroy Graves   Tambourine
Marcellus Green   Trumpet
Chris Griffin   Trumpet
Dan Grissom   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Hall   Bass
John Harrington   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Arville Harris   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Thamon Hayes   Bass
Ernest "Bass" Hill   Bass
Milt Hinton   Bass
Jimmie Hoskins   Drums
George Hunt   Trombone
Edward Inge   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Gus Johnson   Drums
Keg Johnson   Trombone
Robert Johnson   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Claude Jones   Trombone
Jab Jones   Piano
Guy Kelly   Trumpet
Joe Keyes   Trumpet
Ransom Knowling   Bass
George Koenig   Alto Saxophone
Louie Lasky   Guitar,Vocals
Harry Lawson   Trumpet
Ralph Lee   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Noah Lewis   Bass,Harmonica
John Lindsay   Bass
Cripple Clarence Lofton   Bass,Piano,Vocals
Horace Malcolm   Piano
Walter Martin   Drums
Leroy Maxey   Drums
Charlie McCoy   Guitar,Mandolin
Joe McCoy   Guitar,Vocals
Robert Lee McCoy   Guitar
James McCrary   Guitar,Vocals
Murray McEachern   Trombone
Willie McWashington   Drums
Wilson Myers   Bass
Earl Miller   Alto Saxophone
Donald Mills   Vocals
Harry Mills   Vocals
Herbert Mills   Vocals
Dan Minor   Trombone
Jimmy Mitchelle   Alto Saxophone
Herb Morand   Trumpet
Norris   Guitar
Jimmy O'Bryant   Clarinet
Hot Lips Page   Bass,Trumpet,Vocals
Avery Parrish   Piano
Benny Payne   Piano
Ike Perkins   Guitar
Ray Perry   Alto Saxophone
Earres Prince   Piano
Wesley Prince   Bass
Yank Rachell   Mandolin
Gene Ramsey   Bass
Odell Rand   Clarinet
Irving "Mouse" Randolph   Trumpet
Don Raye   Vocals
Allan Reuss   Guitar
Eddie Roane   Trumpet
Ikey Robinson   Guitar
Washboard Sam   Washboard
Dan Sane   Guitar
Hymie Schertzer   Alto Saxophone
Bud Scott   Piano
Bill Settles   Bass
Bob Shoffner   Trumpet
Edward Sims   Trombone
Ben Smith   Alto Saxophone
Floyd Smith   Guitar,Vocals
Spieldock   Drums
Bruce Squires   Trombone
Jess Stacy   Piano
Leemie Stanfield   Bass
Tommy Stevenson   Trumpet
Edwin Swayzee   Trumpet
Sister Rosetta Tharpe   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Ben Thigpen   Drums
Arnold Thomas   Piano
Walter Thomas   Tenor Saxophone
Jim Thompkins   Guitar,Vocals
Ashley Thompson   Guitar,Vocals
Clarence Trice   Trumpet
Woodie Walder   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Jack Washington   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Paul Webster   Trumpet
Henry Wells   Trombone
Priest Wheeler   Trombone
Morris White   Banjo,Guitar
Sonny White   Piano
Edwin Wilcox   Piano,Cello
Fred Williams   Drums
Sonny Boy Williamson   Bass,Harmonica,Vocals
Dick Wilson   Tenor Saxophone
Lammar Wright   Trumpet
Georgia White   Bass,Piano,Vocals
Cecil Brower   Vocals
Dave Coleman   Drums
Ocie Stockard   Banjo
Black Bob   Piano
Derwood Brown   Guitar,Vocals
Fred "Papa" Calhoun   Piano
Wanna Coffman   Bass
Robert Cooksey   Harmonica
Willie Johnson   Vocals
Bobby Leecan   Guitar,KAZ
June Richmond   Vocals
Henry Owens   Vocals
Orlandus Wilson   Vocals
Doctor Clayton   Bass,Vocals
Charles Pierce   Alto Saxophone
Lee Young   Drums
Charlie Howard   Electric Guitar
William McLemore   Guitar
Harry White   Trombone
Andrew Brown   Bass Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Jed Davenport   Bass,Harmonica
Lizzie Douglas   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Bob Dunn   Steel Guitar
Arthur Phelps   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Johnny Temple   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Joseph Vernon Turner   Bass,Vocals
Arizona Dranes   Piano
James Morrison   Drums
Billy Paige   Reeds
Fred Beckett   Trombone
Walter "Foots" Thomas   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Sammy Lowe   Trumpet
Ed Lewis   Trumpet,Cornet
Joe Thomas   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Gerald Foster   Trombone
Stuart Branch   Banjo
Dick Fierge   Cornet
Charles Gifford   Trumpet
William Langford   Vocals
Dan Lipscomb   Piano
Bob Pease   Bass,Vocals
George "Bon Bon" Tunnell   Piano,Vocals
John Burris   Trumpet
Harry Sloan   Trombone
Earl Thomson   Trumpet
Pearlis Williams   Drums
Willie Martinez   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Johnny Mueller   Bass
William Bunch   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Pearl Dickson   Vocals
Arthur Butler   Vocals
Austin Powell   Guitar,Vocals
Baby James   Cornet
Bill Lawlor   Trombone
Royal Brent   Leader,Vocals
Bill Gaither   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Robert Petway   Guitar
Blind Joe Reynolds   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Jessie May Hill   Vocals
Carl "Tatti" Smith   Trumpet
Bill Johnson   Alto Saxophone
Slim Furness   Guitar,Vocals
Ernie Price   Vocals
Austin Coleman   Vocals
Honey Hill   Piano
Ted Buckner   Alto Saxophone
Bobby Moore   Trumpet
Robert Brown   Bass,Vocals,Washboard
Paul Kettler   Drums
Kaiser Marshall   Drums
John Arnold   Piano
Joe Washington Brown   Percussion,Vocals
Jimmy Smith   Tuba,Baritone Saxophone
Maylon Harney "Pet"   Guitar
Richard Harney "Can"   Guitar
Booker T. Washington   Cornet
Nathaniel Adams Coles   Bass
Benny Holman   Guitar,Vocals
Judde Naut   Bass
Ben Quillian   Vocals
Ralph Rudder   Tenor Saxophone
Clyde Towns   Guitar,Vocals
William Tomlin   Trumpet
Rufus Quillian   Bass,Piano,Vocals
Art Rollini   Tenor Saxophone
Freddy Green   Guitar
Nehemiah "Skip" James   Bass,Piano,Vocals
Thomas Dorsey   Bass,Piano,Vocals
Jimmie Henderson   Vocals
Earl Warren   Alto Saxophone
Joe Huffman   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Mannie Klein   Trumpet
Will Ezell   Bass,Piano,Vocals
Clarence "Pinetop" Smith   Bass,Piano,Vocals
Charlie Patton   Guitar,Vocals
Heywood Henry   Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Rufus Perryman   Bass,Piano,Vocals
James Harris   Trumpet
Elmer Crumbler   Trombone
Eddie Tomkins   Trumpet
Eddie Hutchingson   Trumpet
Delbert Bright   Clarinet
Bob Range   Trombone
Bill Morris   Trumpet
Will Bradley   Bass
Jack Trainer   Trumpet
George De Naut   Bass
Prince Stewart   Trumpet
Ronald Washington   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Milton Robinson   Trombone

Technical Credits

Jed Davenport   Whistle

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